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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By alcladrv
Fuel sensor flange gaskets

Like many others, my -7A developed a fuel odor upon opening the canopy. I traced it back to leaking flange gaskets on the fuel sensor, which I've attached a photo of. They look to be made of rubber...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-25-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By alcladrv
The forged tie down on the tail of my -7A makes a...

The forged tie down on the tail of my -7A makes a pretty darn good tail skid. I crunched my bottom rudder fairing once when I'd just returned from a flight and my passenger and I moved aft of the cg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By alcladrv
In the spirit of "Total Performance", since my...

In the spirit of "Total Performance", since my -7A spends over 99% of its time on the ground and tied down, it's tiedown rings are in place all of the time because I want them to be as secure as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,043
Posted By alcladrv
Sent you a PM.

Sent you a PM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,175
Posted By alcladrv
I found it educational that a large corporation I...

I found it educational that a large corporation I was contracted to fly for would buy a new airplane and immediately sell it to a bank at closing. Then they would lease the plane back from the bank....
Forum: COMM 04-02-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By alcladrv
I made the switch from an SL40 to a GTR 200 in...

I made the switch from an SL40 to a GTR 200 in Feb. 2021. The five one hundredths of an inch difference in size didn't keep me from getting the GTR 200 into the old SL40 slot. That could partly be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,352
Posted By alcladrv
On my RV-7A, I'm happy to see water dripping out...

On my RV-7A, I'm happy to see water dripping out of the fuselage after sitting in rain. That means my drain holes just aft of each fuselage bulkhead are open and doing their job. Look under any...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By alcladrv
Vans dimmer wiring instructions

I'm reworking some of the wiring on my RV-7A. With 2 of the Vans dimmers, I need to confirm the ES DIMMER, LAMP 1.5A, wiring instructions. Could someone post the instructions or PM them to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,653
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for all of your responses. I just got it...

Thanks for all of your responses.

I just got it an order from Aircraft Spruce. Are there any other sources of the 3/8" fuel tubing besides the usual aviation suppliers?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-10-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,653
Posted By alcladrv
Facet boost pump lifespan

An avgas odor was pretty noticeable the last couple of mornings as I slid the canopy back on my -7A with a carbureted O-360.. Today, I investigated so out came the front carpet and off came the...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,501
Posted By alcladrv
It's good to hear you'll have clearance for the...

It's good to hear you'll have clearance for the antenna. I'd more concerned about water ingress while flying in rain. In my -7A slider, it seems no matter how much I've tried to seal off the rear...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,501
Posted By alcladrv
I mounted the GA-35 antenna for my GDL82 as high...

I mounted the GA-35 antenna for my GDL82 as high as I could on the windshield brace of my RV-7A. It passed FAA ADS-B performance test on the first try and hasn't generated any errors since. I plan...
Forum: COMM 02-08-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By alcladrv
I have an AM/FM radio from my car installed in my...

I have an AM/FM radio from my car installed in my instrument panel. It's connected through the Aux In on my intercom. I get pretty good reception on FM, almost always during cruise when at 5 to 6000...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 791
Posted By alcladrv
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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-06-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 791
Posted By alcladrv
RV-7A jack points for small scissors jack

I've acquired a small aluminum scissors jack, which weighs 4 lbs., that I think originally came with some kind of Porsche. I'm planning to carry it in the plane on trips and I'd welcome any thoughts...
Forum: COMM 02-05-2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks. After flying with a single SL30 and a...

Thanks. After flying with a single SL30 and a portable intercom for many years, I was planning to add the GTR200 as the primary radio, using its built-in intercom, and use the SL30 as a 2nd comm. ...
Forum: COMM 02-04-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By alcladrv
Co-pilot comm wiring

I'm trying to wire up my GTR200 to use its built in intercom, with its separate inputs for both pilot and co-pilot. In reference to the Dual Comm Audio Wiring attached drawing, it looks like the...
Forum: COMM 02-04-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By alcladrv
Add a stick-mounted PTT

In reference to the attached document, where would I tie in a stick-mounted PTT switch?

Thanks!

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By alcladrv
My -7A is going on 7 years with painted steps and...

My -7A is going on 7 years with painted steps and the paint doesn't show any noticeable wear. There are some scuffs on the vertical portion. I always wear soft sole shoes. The horizontal portion...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-21-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 797
Posted By alcladrv
Wire labeling

I'm going to try out using some printed heat shrink tube to label my wires. Which end is typically labeled or both ends?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,433
Posted By alcladrv
David, Thank you for helping to keep this thread...

David,

Thank you for helping to keep this thread on track.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,433
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for a helpful and informative response...

Thanks for a helpful and informative response without the opinions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,433
Posted By alcladrv
Having been to Airventure 25 or so times, I'm...

Having been to Airventure 25 or so times, I'm aware of the daily parking lots, but had heard that overnight parking in those lots is not allowed. Nothing beats having access to a vehicle to get away...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,433
Posted By alcladrv
OSH planning

For those in the know: If I fly in and camp with my plane, where could I park a rental car during my stay at Airventure where I could access it somewhat conveniently (I know that's a relative term)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,244
Posted By alcladrv
I run 91UL in my -7A on occasion. When I had a...

I run 91UL in my -7A on occasion. When I had a leaky fuel drain, the occasional drip of fuel would land on the gear leg fairing painted with Acry-Glo. Over a period of a few months the mogas...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 441
Posted By alcladrv
RV-7A Aero Classic 8-ply nose tire

I know each pilot gets different service life out of their tires, but what kind of service life (landings) are guys getting out of their Aero Classic 8-ply nose tire,(either with tube or tubeless)? ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,730
Posted By alcladrv
Walt, I thought I saw a post from you about...

Walt,

I thought I saw a post from you about installing the Beringer nose wheel, but I couldn't find while searching. The ACS site has 2 kits listed for the 11x4.00-5" wheel and the SRV02A says...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,730
Posted By alcladrv
I 'm hoping that anyone who is specifically using...

I 'm hoping that anyone who is specifically using the Beringer RV-7A nose wheel would respond. The other various nose wheel options have been discussed many times. Thanks.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,730
Posted By alcladrv
Beringer RV-7A nose wheel reviews

I'm asking for reviews of the Beringer RV-7A nose wheel that you installed the past 3 or 4 years. Quality? Value? Performance? Would you install it again? What nose wheel did you replace?
Forum: RV-10 12-13-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
Posted By alcladrv
I tried some 1/8" thick silicone from ACS like...

I tried some 1/8" thick silicone from ACS like the OP mentioned and it was really stiff compared to the Vans material and it didn't seal as well so I took it out. Which silicone material did you use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,710
Posted By alcladrv
I'm not sure what that means, maybe comparable to...

I'm not sure what that means, maybe comparable to somewhat pregnant. Anyway, I've used my SL-30 as the only radio during the past 15 years of flight in both VFR and IFR conditions (sometimes to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,579
Posted By alcladrv
Aircraft Spruce doesn't appear to have the...

Aircraft Spruce doesn't appear to have the AK-41H, but they have the AK-42H, which is the same one Vans carries. Is the 1/8" grip length too long for this application?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 948
Posted By alcladrv
It's hard to compare relative longevity of tires...

It's hard to compare relative longevity of tires between pilots. My flying is 90%+ cross-country and I purposely do not do any touch-and-go sessions. I keep track of landings, flight hours and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 981
Posted By alcladrv
That's some pretty unique wiring. I use both...

That's some pretty unique wiring. I use both power inputs for my G3X system, one from the Main battery and one from the Aux battery. Neither is directly connected to the landing lights, which are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,319
Posted By alcladrv
Do you really pay $1800/yr. in taxes in Michigan...

Do you really pay $1800/yr. in taxes in Michigan on your RV-7? if so, Wow!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,395
Posted By alcladrv
I've been using Ray Ban Aviators with G15...

I've been using Ray Ban Aviators with G15 gray/green lenses for decades and they work for me. They are not polarized and I can see both the iPad and my Garmin screens without any problems.
Forum: Safety 11-07-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,944
Posted By alcladrv
You answered you own question. In my experience,...

You answered you own question.

In my experience, if you fly IFR, you're going to end up in in some IMC. When I've been in IMC in my RV-7A, my best tool to indicate potential ice is the OAT reading...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,407
Posted By alcladrv
Anybody use something like this in the...

Anybody use something like this in the appropriate size? Maybe placed at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. This picture is from Tractor Supply.
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Forum: Electrical Systems 11-04-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,693
Posted By alcladrv
Battery Mart is giving me some push back on my...

Battery Mart is giving me some push back on my short-lived PC680. What kind of vehicle did you tell them it was installed in so they would honor the warranty?

PM me if you would like. Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,729
Posted By alcladrv
I use thin jam nuts screwed onto the tiedown...

I use thin jam nuts screwed onto the tiedown rings before the tiedown rings are threaded into the wing. Then I tighten the jam nuts to keep the tiedown rings aligned with the airflow. I forget...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,729
Posted By alcladrv
To each his own. Even though I fly 100 hrs. or...

To each his own. Even though I fly 100 hrs. or so a year, my RV-7A is on the ground the vast majority of the time, either tied down in the shade port where it normally lives or on a transient ramp...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,544
Posted By alcladrv
First Flight

Flew into KFFA on Friday. It's been on my list since they completed the new visitors center at Wright Brothers Memorial National Park. The visitors center has nicely done displays with a full-size...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By alcladrv
I should have clarified that the 25 BTDC was...

I should have clarified that the 25 BTDC was aligned with the little hole on the front of the starter. The prop happened to vertically straight up and down. Also, the mag switch was tried in Both,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By alcladrv
All of the plugs were out and the impulse couple...

All of the plugs were out and the impulse couple snapped before I connected the sychronizer. I have a Slick 4371 for the left (bottom) plugs and a Lightspeed Ignition for the right (top) plugs. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By alcladrv
Magneto timing light defective?

I got to the point in my condition inspection when it was time to check the timing on my magneto though the engine had been running well without any issues. I pulled my Magneto Synchronizer TP-105...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,693
Posted By alcladrv
I have a Plasma II+. I have a pullable 5A CB...

I have a Plasma II+. I have a pullable 5A CB between the battery and the ignition. I use an ACS A-510-2 keyswitch to start and control the magneto and Lightspeed ignitions to the engine so I do not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,693
Posted By alcladrv
Add me to the list of short-lived PC680 users. I...

Add me to the list of short-lived PC680 users. I just purchased my 7th PC680 in 15 years of operations. The first one lasted 5 years. After that, it's been every 1 to 2 years.

In late August 2020,...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 09-17-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,482
Posted By alcladrv
They had 2 green wagons staged near the entrance...

They had 2 green wagons staged near the entrance to the campground. You can see them off the left wing in the distance. They are far too heavy and bulky to carry in the plane.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-02-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,387
Posted By alcladrv
What about using microfiber cloths instead of any...

What about using microfiber cloths instead of any paper products?
Forum: Aircraft Camping 09-02-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,482
Posted By alcladrv
In order from bottom to top I used: cot, space...

In order from bottom to top I used: cot, space blanket, Thermarest pad, sleeping bag and wool blanket on top of everything.

Picture showing how close plane parking is to the camping area. The tan...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 09-02-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,482
Posted By alcladrv
It's an L.L. Bean Backcountry Dome 3. After I...

It's an L.L. Bean Backcountry Dome 3. After I bought my Helinox Cot Max, I found the tent was barely big enough to fit the cot inside. It was maybe a few degrees warmer in the tent at night than...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 09-02-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,482
Posted By alcladrv
West Yellowstone

Last week, I flew my RV-7A into West Yellowstone and camped for 4 days. Initially, I was the only camper, but another group showed up the following day. Most anywhere within the pine trees makes for...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-30-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,324
Posted By alcladrv
I just returned from 4 days at Yellowstone. The...

I just returned from 4 days at Yellowstone. The lineman at West Yellowstone tipped me off to ask to borrow a can of bear spray while I was there since there had been some bear attacks even on busy...
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,396
Posted By alcladrv
Even the "official" TFR site has a big red-boxed...

Even the "official" TFR site has a big red-boxed CYA at the bottom which reads:

Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight...
Forum: Interiors 08-16-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,365
Posted By alcladrv
I've had the same good experience with it.

I've had the same good experience with it.
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,396
Posted By alcladrv
Last weekend, I was speaking to FSS prior to...

Last weekend, I was speaking to FSS prior to departing HPN VFR to the southwest. I could see a charted TFR for Trump's later departure from MMU, but not the current one while he was at Bedminster. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-15-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,371
Posted By alcladrv
I have a G3X non-touch system which gets what you...

I have a G3X non-touch system which gets what you want through the Menu button then Flight Log selection.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,728
Posted By alcladrv
Do you have a photo of your setup on the RV-7A...

Do you have a photo of your setup on the RV-7A that you can share? Did you lose much airspeed?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2020, 02:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,728
Posted By alcladrv
Any advantage using the larger tires on a -7A?

Any advantage using the larger tires on a -7A?
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-16-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,484
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for all of your reports. I'm looking...

Thanks for all of your reports. I'm looking forward to my trip there.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-15-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,484
Posted By alcladrv
How about a pirep after your trip? I'm looking...

How about a pirep after your trip? I'm looking to take my -7A there in August.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,535
Posted By alcladrv
NX registration

Is an NX registration (for US airplanes) valid for EAB airplanes to use in lieu of the EXPERIMENTAL sticker most of us place on the aft baggage wall?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,226
Posted By alcladrv
In my -7A, my SL30 is connected to the G3X and...

In my -7A, my SL30 is connected to the G3X and Garmin autopilot which does a very good job of flying a coupled ILS approach.

Not sure what your rationale is, but to each his own.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,519
Posted By alcladrv
In my reading of the linked document under B....

In my reading of the linked document under B. FLIGHT REVIEW (? 61.56), it specifically states:
The FAA finds, under the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, that extending the 24...
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